Candles for memorial service DIY

6 Lovely DIY Memorial Candle Projects

Last Updated on February 10, 2022

Memorial candles are a great addition to funerals, memorial services, reception table centerpieces, or home memorial displays.

For the crafty do-it-yourself-er, here are 6 lovely DIY memorial candle projects that you can pull off quickly and easily at a minimal cost.

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1. Glowing Photo Luminary Memorial Candles

Glowing Photo Luminaries

These glowing photo candles add a lovely, ethereal touch. Use them at the memorial service, on the reception tables as centerpieces, or in a special place in your home.


Difficulty level: Easy

Supplies needed:

2. Easy DIY Floating Memorial Candles

Cranberry Holiday Floating Candles

These floating candles are super-easy and affordable, especially if you use glasses you already own. And what an aroma!! These work great to honor someone who really loved Christmas, for a memorial around the holidays, or to evoke a sense of warmth and celebration.

Difficulty level: Super-easy

Supplies needed:

  • Glasses or clear glass candle holders
  • Fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Floating candles


  1. Fill glasses with water
  2. Place 2-3 full sprigs of rosemary into the glasses
  3. Place a large handful of cranberries on top
  4. Place the floating candle into the center

3. DIY Coffee-Scented Candles

DIY Memorial Centerpiece Candles

Few things provide a more comforting aroma than coffee. Try this simple tutorial to make your own homemade coffe-scented candles.


Difficulty level: Medium-easy

Supplies needed:

  • Small bowls, glasses, or cups
  • Candle wax – new or used (great for upcycling!)
  • Candle wick
  • Coffee beans
  • Vanilla beans, chopped

4. Dimensional Paper Lantern Memorial Candles

DIY Memorial Candle

Paper lanterns provide a personal yet otherworldly effect. Here is the guide to make your own.


Difficulty level: Medium

Supplies needed:

  • Glass with straight sides (cylinders or cubes)
  • Heavy paper (card stock, index stock)
  • X-acto knife or Sihlouette Portrait machine
  • Double sided tape
  • Candles

5. Old-Fashioned Lacy Luminaries

Old-Fashioned Lacy Luminaries

A touch of old-fashioned antique beauty comes from the winning combination of mason jars and doilies.


Difficulty level: Medium-Easy

Supplies needed:

  • Mason-style jars with lids
  • Adhesive spray
  • Crocheted doilies
  • Twine, buttons, ribbons, and/or burlap

6. Easy DIY Coffee Candles

DIY Memorial Service Candles

Inspired by Cre8tive Home Decoration, these wonderful-smelling candles are incredibly easy and will bring to mind your loved one who was a coffee connoisseur.

Difficulty level: Super-easy

Supplies needed:

  • Cup/bowl/candleholder
  • Coffee beans
  • Tealight candles


  1. Place coffee beans in candleholder
  2. Nestle tealight candle in coffee beans

More DIY Memorial Candle Tutorials?

Do you know of a great DIY memorial candle idea? Share links or instructions to your favorite candle ideas in the comments below!

Memorial Candle Projects

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